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Posted: Wednesday, August 28, 2013 9:45 am | Updated: 4:27 pm, Thu Oct 3, 2013.

Ahwatukee Foothills resident Jerry Oliver will be heading to Haiti as part of a mission-partner with Feed My Starving Child to lend a hand with the ongoing hunger problem the country faces today.

Oliver, who is the Phoenix Rotary 100 Club president, recently had all the plans situated to be able to visit the country of Haiti, and is very excited to give his assistant as best as he can.

The Rotary Club is an international organization that believes in service above self, giving assistance to others who are in need, Oliver said.

He was named president of the Phoenix Rotary 100 Club in July, and will hold the position for a year with his term ending in June 2014.

Oliver will be visiting Haiti on Sept. 16 and will be staying in the country for a week, handing out meals to people who are suffering from starvation.

Along with Oliver being sent to Haiti in September, the Phoenix Rotary 100 Club will be celebrating its 100th anniversary this year.

With the club celebrating its centennial, Oliver said he and his fellow members wanted to celebrate the anniversary in a special way that could potentially help others in need.

One of the reasons Oliver and his club members decided to choose Haiti is because it’s a country riddled with sever starvation and famine located near the United States.

“As part of our centennial celebration we wanted to select a project that would be not only significant and relevant in Arizona, but a significant international event as well,” Oliver said. “We were looking on who we can partner with and we came across Feed My Starving Children.”

The mission for the Rotary 100 Club is to be able to hand out about 1 million meals to the citizens of Haiti.

Oliver will be venturing off to areas of the country affected by hunger to witness firsthand how the partnership between both organizations will assist the people in need.

“As part of the development of the 1 million meals, as president I wanted to not only see the packing of the meals, but I thought it would be really important for me to see the delivery, too,” he said.

The meals that will be given out mainly consist of grain and rice, specifically for individuals who are suffering from starvation.

“In a medical stand point we are actually going to see the true work of what we are trying to accomplish with starving people.”

• Contact writer: (480) 898-4903 or dochoa@ahwatukee.com.

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